Kayleigh McEnany Shreds Jim Acosta: 'If Anybody Needs Fact-Checking, It's The Media'
White House press secretary torches CNN reporter
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany torched CNN's Jim Acosta during Thursday's press briefing after he asked why it took President Donald Trump 13 hours to tweet about the US reaching 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
Acosta also questioned whether Twitter’s move to fact-check Trump was warranted.
“That happened around 6:00 yesterday evening,” Acosta explained.
“It took until about nine in the morning for the president to recognize that on Twitter. What took him so long?”
McEnany drew Acosta's attention to the fact that even prior to the Memorial Day holiday, the President had ordered the flags across the country lowered to half mast to recognize the lives lost to coronavirus.
“We hit 100,000 yesterday evening, so 13 hours for him to recognize that and tweet about it,” Acosta said again.
“As I noted, he lowered the flags to half-staff,” McEnany replied.
“The president has said one death is too many. He takes this very seriously.”
Acosta’s follow-up with Twitter’s move to fact-check President Trump on his comments regarding fraud in widespread mail-in voting.
“Shouldn’t the president be fact-checked, especially this president who has made so many false and misleading statements that has put fact-checkers to work across the world?” Acosta asked
“These 18,000 false or misleading statements according to the Washington Post, if there’s any president out there we should be fact-checking, or political leader that should be fact-checked, isn’t it President Trump? Aren’t you trying to silence fact-checking by going after Twitter like this?”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany spars with CNN's Jim Acosta over fact-checking:— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) May 28, 2020
"There is no one that should be fact checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things."pic.twitter.com/TCApd99Rnp
“If you’re going to get into the fact-checking business, there is no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things."
“So if anyone needs to be fact-checked, I think it should be the media,” she concluded.
“News outlets make mistakes from time to time. We own up to those mistakes. We correct those mistakes,” Acosta protested.
“Not always,” McEnany replied.
On Thursday, McEnany also humiliated Politico's Ryan Lizza as he attempted to push anti-Trump during the briefing.
Lizza tried to force President Donald Trump into a corner by attempting to push McEnany into offering a number of “dead Americans” that voters “should tolerate” when they “go to the polls in November.”
"I answered your question once, but if you ask it twice, it doesn’t make it any better of a question," the press secretary asserted.
“Dr. (Deborah) Birx said it best when she said that in their estimates, they had anywhere between 1.5 and 2 million people in the U.S. succumbing to the virus if we didn’t shut down the economy,” McEnany pointed out as she continued.
“Closing down the economy for this amount of time kept us far below the 2.2 million number.”